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Category: Literature
Reference No: 7022
Status: Available
Price: £12.00
  Elmore Leonard

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Great American Western and crime novelist and screenwriter

In 1949, while still in college, Leonard joined the Campbell-Ewald advertising agency and  began writing in earnest during this period. He had his first success in 1951 when Argosy magazine published his short story "Trail of the Apache." Other stories—all westerns—followed in such publications as Zane Grey Western and The Saturday Evening Post. In 1953 Leonard published his first novel, The Bounty Hunters, followed by four more over the next eight years. Between 1951 and 1961 he published 30 short stories, five novels, and made two sales to the movies. When his novel Hombre was chosen as one of the best westerns of all time by the Western Writers of America in 1961, Leonard finally felt confident enough to quit the advertising agency and devote all of his time to writing.

As the market for westerns began to dry up, Leonard switched from westerns to crime with the publication of The Big Bounce. During the 1970s and 1980s he developed a devoted following with his novels Fifty-two Pickup, City Primeval, Stick and LaBrava. When Glitz was published in 1985, it became Leonard's "breakout" bestseller; he began to receive long-overdue attention, including a Newsweek cover story. Each of his novels since then—Bandits, Touch, Freaky Deaky, Killshot, Get Shorty, Maximum Bob, Rum Punch, Pronto, Riding the Rap, Out of Sight and Cuba Libre —has been a national bestseller as well as a critical success.

Many of Leonard’s books have been made into films – Paul Newman’s Hombre 1967), John Travolta’s Get Shorty (1995), Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (based on Rum Punch, 1997) and George Clooney’s Out of Sight (1998).

This is a very fine signature in black ink on a 6" x 4" white card. Obtained in person at the BBC in 1997. In excellent condition.